Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has written to the CEO of BT to express his concerns about compulsory redundancies at BT Technology.
BT is planning a reorganisation which will reportedly potentially make 157 employees compulsory redundant in BT Technology. Previously, BT has always offered voluntary redundancies.
The Communication Workers Union is concerned that they have not received any evidence that the business is trying to avoid compulsory redundancies and that there is insufficient time for meaningful consultation or to mitigate the effects of redundancies.
Gwynne has written to BT CEO Philip Jansen asking him why BT is taking the compulsory redundancy approach.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“Telecommunications workers in my constituency and beyond have played a vital role in keeping everyone connected throughout the pandemic and lockdown. That these jobs are now at risk is deeply concerning.
“These are good, highly-skilled and well-paid jobs and BT’s approach to restructuring will be devastating for our region.
“BT needs to urgently reconsider the proposed compulsory redundancies and look at alternatives. BT has always offered voluntary redundancy to help manage staff surpluses in the past. I don’t see any reason to move away from this now.”